Death Valley Riding Conditions

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 2on2off, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Davethestick

    Davethestick Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,308
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Both Furnace Creek and Stovepipe pumps were on at 9pm on a Thursday night (nobody else was around). Panamint Springs pumps now accept credit cards as well (for awhile I know).
    scottydawg, Chillis and larryboy like this.
  2. sonoran

    sonoran a treat especial Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    56,786
    Location:
    33°05'38.7"N 111°40'57.2"W
    Any recent trips down Lippincott Pass? I haven't been in a long time and recall hearing of some major damage due to storms a year or 2 ago?

    Also West Side Rd open or closed? Planning on a loop from Panamint - Goler - West Side Rd- then home again thru Furnace Creek.

    Thx.
  3. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Callipygian Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    4,879
    Location:
    Morgan Hill, CA
    OK, I can't make sense of what's here:

    https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

    Under closed roads, they list Bonnie Clair Road as closed, and in the same sentence say Scotty's Castle and The hot spring tubs are closed. But is the road up and out of the park, Scotty's Castle ROAD, open or closed, so can I connect to Nevada 267 if I want to go that way? No intent of visiting Scotty's Castle, just not sure if the road is closed or just the castle.
  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    18,147
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    That road is closed to the 95. Been closed since 2016 or 2017 when the flash flood destroyed the road and buildings in front of Scotty's Castle.
  5. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Callipygian Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    4,879
    Location:
    Morgan Hill, CA
    OK, thanks!
    Chillis likes this.
  6. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,848
    Location:
    Boise Idaho
    I was on lippencot last winter. About the same the last three years. Coming down is easier than going up. A solo rider in a big bike had better be. A pretty good rider. A stock full-size pickup could go either way with a good driver and a spotter

    Coming
  7. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,848
    Location:
    Boise Idaho
    Rumor is saline hot tubs have been concreted over. I know the parks service has wanted to close them down for years
  8. sonoran

    sonoran a treat especial Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    56,786
    Location:
    33°05'38.7"N 111°40'57.2"W
    Going to be out there this weekend. Will go have a look and report back.
  9. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    27,870
    Location:
    Über Alles,California
    Fake news. Not concreted over and the NPS has NEVER wanted to close them down.
  10. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,137
    Location:
    San Francisco
    According to the posts on the Saline Valley Preservation site, the source flows have been turned off per county and NP orders. Showers and dish-washing station still usable.

    There would surely have been mention of tubs filled in with concrete if that were true.
  11. sonoran

    sonoran a treat especial Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    56,786
    Location:
    33°05'38.7"N 111°40'57.2"W
    Rode out there today. Tubs are drained but will reopen when social distancing rules are relaxed per the camp host. Site is open for camping.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  12. -E-

    -E- Klaatu barada nikto Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,935
    Location:
    White Room
    Had a strange one yesterday. It was in DV so I'll put it here. After finishing the tram hike at the Wonder mine I was changing from hike to bike mode at about 1 pm. Alone in the parking lot I had gear tossed all over the bike when I heard a chirp right behind me. As I thought that's not a bird I saw a perfect shadow outline of a bat on my open box cover. That quick the bat landed on my riding pants draped over the tank and bars, and crawled into a fold in the fabric. With just a little bat butt visible. A minute earlier my phone was in my pocket but now it was in my jacket pocket under my pants. Tried to get the phone to get a pic of it flying away but as expected I scared it out of it's pants roost. I thought the thing would fly off but fuck no. It did a 180 and right at me. I grabbed my pants and deflected the little shit. That led to a dance of it looping around back at me and me swinging my riding pants at it over and over. This went on for what seemed a long time. Long enough for me to laugh out loud at the situation and think about what other options I should try. With only socks running wasn't to work. Now I am trying to hit the little thing hoping a wack would send it away when it finally flew away. Not for long. It does a slow loop around the ridge next to the parking lot and right back at me. After a dozen more dives at me and me swinging at it, it finally flew off.

    The road to Wonder mine is in great shape. No gravel issues crossing the wash. Just some light wash board and watch out for rabid bats.
  13. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2014
    Oddometer:
    930
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Obviously a rabid bat. Good thing you weren’t bitten. Like we need anymore vampires.

    great story so close to Halloween
  14. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Callipygian Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 20, 2003
    Oddometer:
    4,879
    Location:
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Rode out Harry Wade last Sunday, north to south from Ashford Junction on the dirt to 127. Generally in really great shape, although there are a few sections of deeper gravel and sand that caused my Anakee Adventures to have heartache. Power out! Pretty much easy on a big GS, alone.
    Chillis likes this.
  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    25,972
    Location:
    Burbank CA
    planning of leaving the vehicle in Beatty this Sunday, unload the bike and ride to Titus Canyon. looking for a specific place relatively safe where i could leave the van?
    Chillis likes this.
  16. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Oddometer:
    782
    Location:
    Carson City
    Hotel/casino parking lot maybe? I think there's a Best Western/Denny's/Casino right on 95 north end of town. Ok I know there's a Hotel/Casino/Denny's but I'm not sure the name of the hotel.
    NSFW and Chillis like this.
  17. sonoran

    sonoran a treat especial Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Oddometer:
    56,786
    Location:
    33°05'38.7"N 111°40'57.2"W
    Maybe stage around Rhyolite? Lots of open space. Only people out there are tourists and not likely to mess with your van.
    NSFW and Chillis like this.
  18. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Oddometer:
    27,870
    Location:
    Über Alles,California
    Leave it at home.

    :hide
    MasterMarine, NSFW, -E- and 2 others like this.
  19. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Administrator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2001
    Oddometer:
    24,923
    Location:
    Eastbania
    Park it in the Mormon church lot, North C and Little. Or, just take it to Rhyolite.
    NSFW and Chillis like this.
  20. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    Oddometer:
    18,147
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Parking lot where the Denny's is has a lot of space. For a few hours, won't be a big deal.
    NSFW likes this.